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Sarah Booth-Henry

September 1, 2020

Teaching & Side-Hustling

In this episode Julie and I talk about her career as a teacher,

her love of lace and the French Renaissance,

side-hustling and transitioning to becoming her own boss.


Julie believes that if you have a passion, you can turn it into a business ... and with ‘smarts’ you'll figure it out!


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Julie Harris

Knowing in her heart she wanted to design clothes, maybe move from what she knew in California and head east to New York, Julie felt the pressure to “immediately get a career” and so after college, went to work for the LA Unified School District… the second largest in the US, with almost 735,000 students and over 26,500 teachers. 


Not long after she began teaching, she heard a radio ad that LA’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) was starting night classes. She raced home, made a call, and that September started their design program.  Not ready to return to teaching, Julie ended up taking a leave of absence for a year, working in the Downtown LA garment district. Pushed by her parents however, to go back to her school job, buy a house and settle... Julie returned to the classroom.


All the while, never losing sight of her passion Julie took inspiration from a bridal millinery course and created a pearl encrusted veil for a friend of her sister’s who was getting married, and from that original sample veil got three clients. Julie took that as a sign from 'The Universe' that this is what she should be doing, and has never looked back, ending her teaching career to become her own boss.


Today, Julie helps brides-to-be express their personal style with classic, romantic even whimsical bridal veils & accessories.  Loving what she does and feeling very fortunate to share her passion for fine craftsmanship with brides all over the world.

For Julie it’s not just a veil: "It’s a feeling, a memory and a wonderful photograph that someday brides will share with their daughters."


She’s on the board at the Southern California chapter of the Wedding International Professional Association (WIPA) and the leadership team of Tuesday Together LA (TTLA) .


Her design studio perhaps coincidentally is in Studio City, where Julie lives with her husband Mark and their fur baby, Cookie the Chihuahua.

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I’m grateful to have

outdoor space in the place where I live.

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45% of working Americans report having a side hustle. That amounts to roughly 70 million people [BankRate]

Thinking of starting a side-hustle?  Check this podcast.... Side Hustle School

Headshots of Julie © Courtney Paige Ray

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